Immerse Yourself in the Pink City – Here is our guide to the Best Things to do in Jaipur from stunning palaces to fantastic eats.
Jaipur is Part of India’s magical Golden Triangle. From the bustle of Delhi, the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal and last but certainly not least you have the gateway to Rajasthan – Jaipur.
Things to do in Jaipur – the Ultimate Maharani Experience
Arrive like a princess or Maharani and take an elephant ride up to the stunning hilltop fort at Amber, one hour outside of Jaipur.
Naturally a golden amber sandstone, this imposing fort is filled with beautiful gardens, stunning architecture and delicate mirror and fresco work.
You will find stunning mirror work on the walls and ceilings of the Sheesh Mahal (which were the inspiration behind FARA’s new white peacock scarf).
There is an incredible Kali temple just within the fort entrance which most tourists miss – so be a conscious traveller and keep your finger on the spiritual pulse of India by visiting this Shila Mata Temple.
There is a black marble statue of the Goddess of Kali at war and beautiful silver doors adorned with the Goddess Saraswati.
Kali is often known as the Mother Goddess – both creation and destruction. She is a powerful figure in Hindu mythology who invites us to drop our ego and attachments.
Take a Walk through the Ganesh Gate for rooftop access and stunning views across the town of Amber.
Things to do in Jaipur – Try Your Hand at Printing
Still, in Amber, you can visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Block Printing (www.anokhi.com ) to try your hand at the traditional art of block print and learn about the natural dyeing techniques.
Or contact excellent Tour Company IndiaBeat (www.indiabeat.com) who will take you to Sanganer to make your own scarf. Head back to the city for a late lunch at the Anokhi Shop and Café just south of the Old City. They have a great range of conscious foods and fresh recipes if you fancy a breakaway from traditional cuisine. The family have a farm and the salad leaves are picked freshly every morning and served that day, which is amazing considering you are in the desert!
The on-site shop sells beautiful textiles and homeware – bed linen and cushions, as well as a lovely collection of soft cotton hand block print clothes. Us ladies at FARA, like our conscious shopping experiences, actually so do our daughters!
Things to do in Jaipur – Behind the Scenes of the Old City
Get up early to meet the great team of Virasat Experiences (www.virasatexperiences.com) at the Hawa Mahal (the beautiful Wind Palace) – an exquisite palace where the ladies of the day used to sit and watch the parades go by through sandstone lattice windows.
The guys from Virasat will then take you on an extra special walking tour of the old city giving you an insider’s guide to small unknown temples, local craftsmen like hand loom weavers and jewellery makers. You can see the famous lac bangles made and watch the delicate artistry of jewellery makers working with enamel.
They are also the best guides for delicious street food and lassis. Check out our blog on Masala Chai for some great tips.
The heart of Jaipur is the Old City coloured a delicate pink sandstone. Visit the City Palace for its antiquities, stunning jewellery collection using sapphire, ruby, diamond and emeralds and their famous Rajasthani Miniature paintings. These intricate paintings depict stories of Gods and Goddesses, as well as palace life with peacocks and monkeys.
Lucy from Fashionmenow.com has a great blog post about the flower market, we have not yet visited this particular market and it looks so beautiful, full of vibrant colours and of course the hustle bustle of most Indian markets
For some great shops check out Hot Pink at Narain Niwas and Rasa, as well as the beautiful lifestyle store and café at Jaipur Modern.
A must visit if you are in need of real sanctuary from the heat and hustle is Cafe Palladio which is not only fabulously decorated, serves delicious food too.
We recommend the Smoked Salmon Sandwich and a Cappuccino to anyone who has been travelling for longer than 1 month.
Things to do in Jaipur – Sunsets and Suppers
Head up to Nahargarh – the Tiger Fort for a spectacular sunset. It is quite magical to watch as the sun goes down and the twinkly lights of Jaipur light up below.
Time to dress for dinner. (Link to black Flora Dress). Have a cocktail at Bar Palladio (ww.bar-palladio.com) which is the sister bar to the Cafe Palladio.
Or you could head to the northeast of the city to the decadent dining room at Samode Palace Hotel (www.samode.com) where just recently the famous photographer Mario Testino shot his cover girl, Kendall Jenner, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Indian Vogue
For traditional tastes or for contemporary European food head to
Jaipur Modern, which also has a little lifestyle store so you can indulge in a little retail therapy at the same time. (www.jaipurmodern.com).
If you want to learn more about traditional Rajasthani cuisine and life you can head to Hotel Diggi Palace, as they have cookery classes on site and trips to their organic farm. (www.hoteldiggipalace.com)
Things to do in Jaipur – And what to wear while doing them! FARA’s Capsule City Wardrobe
- Take a pair of Dhoti trousers – super comfortable and airy
- A Relaxed Tee to cover shoulders
- Desert nights can get cold – FARA’s scarf collection is perfect for chilly evenings or as a conscious cover-up when visiting temples, sacred sites and peoples homes.
- You need shoes that you can slip off easily for entering temples and houses.
- Whether it’s a trip to the pink city’s beautiful Hawa Mahal (the wind palace) or a romantic dinner in the stunning restaurant at the Samode Haveli Gangapolel, throw on the Fresh Kaftan. Beautifully cool against the warmth of the desert, this flowing maxi dress is perfect for every vacation, whether you are hitting the beach or sight-seeing Bohemian style.
There are so many things to do in Jaipur – it is a trip of a lifetime in one city.